Is The Apprentice Bad For Your
by Angie Dixon
If you know who I mean when I say Kwame, Bill and
Troy, youre probably a fan of The Apprentice.
I admit Im not a fan myself; I dont
watch much television and that particular show didnt
grab my interest enough to be appointment
watching. I have, however, followed its popularity
with interest, for various reasons.
The main reason Im so interested in The Apprentice
is that it gives me insight. As a life and business
coach, I try to see into my clients heads
and see where theyre having problems and how
we can design a way around those problems.
One of the biggest problems my clients face, and
one of the biggest problems a lot of people face,
is balance. This is where I fear The Apprentice
becomes bad for your health.
Its not healthy to work 18 hour days, or to
dedicate your entire life to nothing but a job.
People need something outside of work. They need
to sharpen the saw, at the very least,
by taking care of their physical, emotional, mental
and spiritual needs.
Stephen R. Covey talks about The Seven Habits
of Highly Effective People in his book of
that title. One of the things he talks about is
balance, and how important that is. The other thing
he talks about that really got my attention was
effectiveness vs. efficiency. One involves dealing
with people; the other is really just time management.
Donald Trump is a very successful man. Whether hes
happy is something only he knows. And maybe the
young people trying to be his next Apprentice are
happy. They are young, after all, and obviously
What worries me about this show is that everyday
people, people with lives outside of work, will
start to feel guilty about those lives and to buy
into the image of being totally dedicated to work.
This can lead to overwork, depression, anxiety,
even heart attack or stroke.
The Apprentice can be fun to watch. But I urge you
to think seriously before rearranging your life
to be like Bill.
About the Author
Angie Dixon helps small business owners get their
acts together. She is a personal development coach
specializing in helping people integrate their home
and work lives so they feel less stretched and more
balanced. Get her FREE EBOOK on balance at http://www.discoveringtruenorth.com.
For questions or to discover how coaching can change
your life, contact Angie at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.